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Nut-Free Choc Chip Bliss Balls

by Shannon Meyerkort (follow)
Senior writer for WeekendNotes and Perth Mums Group. Founder of fundraisingmums.com.au
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Bliss Balls are very popular right now – they are usually no-bake and are full of exciting and healthy raw ingredients. But many of the recipes have ingredients that not everyone has lying around in the pantry.



This bliss ball recipe is made with everyday ‘cheat ingredients’ that you will have in the cupboard, and while they might not quite as healthy as other recipes, the kids will love them and since they go straight into the freezer, you can easily grab a couple and pop them in the school lunchbox with no fuss.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: n/a
Serves: makes approx 30 balls

Ingredients
Approx. 10-12 fresh Medjool dates
2 cups of rolled oats (I used 6 sachets of Uncle Tobys Brown Sugar and Cinnamon quick oats)
4 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar (not necessary if you have used sweetened porridge oats)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
˝ cup water
50-100 g of dark chocolate chips or grated chocolate
Extra coconut

Method
Tip the oats into your food processor and blitz until they are very fine.

Add the coconut, sugar and cinnamon and process again.
Roughly chop the dates and put them in the processor and blitz again.

Add the water and vanilla and blitz again. But now the mixture should be thick and beginning to form a ball.

Add the chocolate and blitz one last time (note: if you want the chocolate chips to be smaller, add them at the same stage as the coconut so they are broken up a bit.)
Pour some extra coconut into a bowl, and roll two teaspoons of mixture into a ball, then roll in the coconut.
You can eat immediately, store in the fridge for up to a week or place straight into the freezer. You can eat them frozen, or they will defrost nicely in the lunchbox in time for morning tea.
If you like to have nuts in your bliss balls, you can replace a cup of oats for cashews, or three quarters of a cup of oats for half a cup of almond meal.

Categories
#Low Fat
#Afternoon Tea
#No Bake
#Chocolate
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